Matthew E. Gordley is dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Carlow University. Dr. Gordley joined the Carlow University community as the Inaugural Dean of the College of Learning and Innovation in 2015. Since that time he has focused on supporting student learning and faculty success through his collaborative leadership and passion for liberal arts and Mercy education. Dr. Gordley has led the college in the creation of new and re-engineered programs including the MS in Cardiovascular Perfusion, BS in Data Analytics, MA in Art, and several MEd programs aligned to market needs. Under Dr. Gordley’s leadership the college has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the Council of Independent Colleges, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Heinz Foundation and McCune Foundation, among others. A signature aspect of his work has involved the creation and promotion of interdisciplinary partnerships and collaborations across departments and outside of the university that lead to innovative opportunities for student learning. In support of the work of the college, Dr. Gordley formed a College Advisory Council in 2017 comprised of leaders in the community, leaders in industry and arts, higher education professionals, researchers, alumni, and emerita faculty who share the common goal of supporting the success of students in the College. In these ways Dr. Gordley has demonstrated a strong ability to advance the college’s mission in support of the University’s strategic plan, the Carlow Commitment 2025.

Dr. Gordley holds a faculty appointment as professor of theology and teaches courses in biblical studies and related areas including a Contemplation and Action course on the parables. He earned a PhD in theology from the University of Notre Dame, an MDiv from Alliance Theological Seminary, and a BA from Wheaton College (IL). Prior to joining Carlow University, Dr. Gordley served as an associate dean, a department chair, and a faculty member at Regent University.

Research Interests

Dr. Gordley is an active scholar whose research centers on reading the New Testament in its original cultural and historical contexts and he has written extensively on early Jewish and Christian psalms. His latest book, New Testament Christological Hymns: Exploring Texts, Contexts, and Significance, was released in 2018. His research has been published in the Journal of Biblical Literature, Journal of Jewish Studies, Journal of Ancient Judaism, Journal for the Study of the Pseudepigrapha, Catholic Biblical Quarterly, Journal of Catholic Higher Education, and the Journal for the Study of Paul and His Letters. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, Catholic Biblical Association, Society of Biblical Literature, and the international Studiorum Novi Testamenti Societas.